CollegeFootballNews.com 20th Anniversary All-America Special Teams
Who were the biggest offensive stars since 1998? Welcome to the CFN 20th Anniversary All-America Special Teams.
Who were the top special teams stars since 1998?
It’s the 20th anniversary of CollegeFootballNews.com, and we’ve broken down our First, Second, and Third-Team All-America offenses spanning the last two decades.
What makes an All-American on this large a scale over this long a time? 1) Awards and national honors, 2) impact on college football, 3) longevity for some stars, and 4) brilliance in one year for others.
When it comes down to the special teamer, it really does mostly come down to the stats – but there are some special characters in there, too.
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CFN 20th Anniversary First Team All-America Special Teams
PK – Sebatian Janikowski, Florida State (1997-1999)
66-of-83 on field goals (79.5%), 126-of-129 on extra points, 324 points
Is Janikowski the most accurate kicker over the last 20 years? He’s not even close. But he was the only two-time Lou Groza winner – winning the award as the nation’s top kicker in 1998 and 1999 – and was a two-time All-American.
He was the rare rock star kicker, with a cannon for a leg, and a few off-the-field issues and skirmishes – mostly bar fights – that made him a story. But with his ridiculous deep leg, and as one of the kickers who finally came through for Bobby Bowden, he was the kicker of kickers.
P – Tom Hackett, Utah (2012-2015)
242 punts for 10.933 yards and 45.2 yard average, 106 kicks put inside the 20. Ray Guy winner in 2004 and 2006, four-time All-Pac-12, two-time All-American
KR – Tyron Carrier, Houston (2008-2011)
141 returns, 3,517 yards, 24.9-yard average, seven touchdowns. Also a great receiver, he caught 320 passes for 3,493 yards and 22 scores.
PR – Wes Welker, Texas Tech (2000-2003)
Along with catching 259 passes for 3,069 yards and 21 scores, he averaged 11.6 yards per return with eight scores. 152 returns for 1,761 yards and eight scores, averaging 11.6 yards per try. NCAA record-holder for total punt return yards.
CFN 20th Anniversary Second Team All-America Special Teams
PK – Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (2013-2015)
59-of-78 on field goals (88.5%), 198-of-198 on extra points, 405 points. 2013 Lou Groza Winner, three-time All-American, three-time All-ACC, set NCAA record for kicker points in a season with 157 in 2013, hitting all but one field goal.
P – Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor (2003-2006)
277 punts for 12,531 yards and 45.2 yard average, , 88 kicks put inside the 20. Ray Guy winner in 2014 and 2015, three-time All-Big 12, two-time All-American
KR – Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota (2008-2012)
144 returns, 3,615 yards, 25.1-yard average – NCAA record-holder for most kickoff return yards, but no touchdowns. Also a good starting defensive back.
PR – Javier Arenas, Alabama (2006-2009)
125 returns for 1,752 yards averaging 14 yards per try with seven touchdowns. Also a top defensive back with 154 career tackles with seven sacks and six picks.
CFN 20th Anniversary Third Team All-America Special Teams
PK – Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State (2013-2016)
96-of-116 on field goals (82.8%), 204-209 on extra points, 492 points. 2016 Lou Groza winner, All-American, three-time All-Pac-12, set the NCAA record for field goals by a relative mile with 96 – eight more than anyone else. Only 13 other kickers finished with 80 or more.
P – Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (2010-2012)
Oregon State transfer who hit 188 punts for 8,437 yards and 44.9 yard average, 80 put inside the 20. Ray Guy winner in 2011 and 2012, two-time All-American, two-time All-WAC
KR – Justin Miller, Clemson (2001-2004)
50 returns, 1,534 yards, 30.7-yard average, three touchdowns – NCAA record-holder for top average yards per return. Also an elite starting defensive back.
PR – Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma (2001-2004)
113 returns for 1,445 yards averaging 12.8 yards per try, with eight scores, tied with Wes Welker for most punt returns for a score.
CFN 20th Anniversary lists compiled by Rich Cirminiello, Pete Fiutak, Phil Harrison & Russ Mitchell